This online course taught by historian Thomas Woods examines the critical period of American history from the stock market crash of 1929 to the end of World War II, focusing on domestic affairs. Topics include: the 1920s boom and bust, the Hoover record in light of recent scholarship, the New Deal programs and agencies, the evolution of the Supreme Court, international parallels, political and intellectual opposition to FDR, and the economic consequences of World War II. Readings include primary documents, works by contemporaries, and recent scholarship and commentary.
Dr. Woods discusses this course in his article, The Lessons of History.
- The 1920s boom and bust
- The Hoover record
- The New Deal programs and agencies
- The evolution of the Supreme Court
- International parallels
- Political and intellectual opposition to FDR
- Economic consequences of World War II
Readings include primary documents, works by contemporaries, and recent scholarship and commentary. All readings for this course are free, available online, and provided to students in a fully-hyperlinked syllabus.
Independent study courses are courses that were presented live in the past. These courses are now offered at a discount to anyone who wants to study independently. All courses include lecture recordings, slides, a complete hyper-linked syllabus, automatically-graded quizzes, and a discussion forum. Professors are not available for academic support for these independent study courses.